*Update as of 8/12/2012: The LG Optimus L9 will be available from 8 December 2012 at a recommended retail price of S$498.
*Update as of 3/9/2012: LG Singapore is tentatively looking at late Q4 2012 for the arrival of the Optimus L9.
LG today announced a new member of its L-series lineup of smartphones, the Optimus L9. Based on its specs, the Optimus L9 should be the flagship model of the L-series. Some of its specs include:
While its hardware specs are nothing to shout out about, it's the software that deserves some highlight. The Optimus L9 has a language translator service, known as the QTranslator, which instantly translates words, phrases and sentences with a simple scan from nearly 44 foreign languages to 64 user languages. It relies on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to recognize letters and uses an electronic dictionary or online translation engine to do the translation.
The Optimus L9 also has the My Style Keypad function, which adjusts the key formation of the keypad according to whether the user is texting with one hand(right or left-handed) or two hands. Although little is known at this point about the My Style Keypad function, it seems to follow a similar concept implemented on BlackBerry (BB10)'s keyboard, where there is actually a second, invisible keyboard that alters the boundaries of each key so that you are actually hitting the keys that you intend to.
We've reached out to LG Singapore on its price and availability. We will update this section as soon as we have the information.
Read on for the full press release.
SEOUL, Aug. 29, 2012 – The LG Optimus L9 will continue the stylish L-Series lineup of smartphones with its global debut. Following the successful launches of the Optimus L3, Optimus L5, and Optimus L7 earlier this year, the Optimus L9 is anticipated to continue in the success of the L-Series emphasizing premium design heritage developed from LG’s design leadership.
Inheriting LG’s premium L-Style design philosophy, the Optimus L9 has a 9.1mm thin body with a slimming metallic streak and modern square style that offers a comfortable grip from its slim and stylish design. The largest-in-class 4.7-inch IPS display of the Optimus L9 offers clear and true-to- life images with incredible detail for comfortable viewing experience. The high-density 2,150mAh SiO+ battery allows users to enjoy the various new UX features all day long with maximized performance while retaining its incredibly sleek design.
The Optimus L9 was also developed to be a smarter smartphone through LG’s differentiated UX features, such as the QTranslator and My Style Keypad function along with the ever-popular QMemoTM.
The QTranslator function instantly translates not only words, but also entire sentences and phrases with a simple scan from nearly 44 foreign languages to 64 user languages. Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, it recognizes letters upon scanning with the camera and utilizes electronic dictionary or online translation engine to translate words, sentences or phrases.
The My Style Keypad function comfortably adjusts the key formation of the keypad according to whether the user is texting with one hand (right or left-handed) or two hands. Lastly, the Optimus L9 will also include the QMemoTM, allowing users to capture, memo and share their ideas with others using their fingertip or handwriting.
“The Optimus L9 is a great smartphone that appeals to every consumer,” said Dr. Jongseok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “LG will continue to offer differentiated value through the Optimus L9 and strengthen our position in the smartphone market.”